UK weather forecast: Met Office issues flood warnings as '20in of snow' to fall THIS WEEK amid freezing -3C Arctic blast

BRITS are being advised to brace themselves for ANOTHER Arctic blast this week, as the Met Office released seven flood warnings today.

Brits should brace themselves for an Arctic blast by the end of this week, which will bring heavy snow across the country, with up to 50cm falling in Scotland.

Maps from WXCharts show that the heavy snow will arrive next Friday, March 11 with over 20cm of snow possible in Wales and Scotland in the evening before it sweeps across the country overnight.

There is likely to be over 20cm of snow in the Midlands and flurries also on the south coast.

The Met Office has warned Brits of strong winds, frost, freezing temperatures and coastal gales all sweeping in from the west.

Their forecast for March 7 – Wednesday, March 16 reads: “As we move through the period there will be an increased likelihood of spells of rain, potentially preceded by snow, arriving from the west.

“Winds will likely strengthen through midweek with an increasing likelihood of coastal gales.”

Read our weather live blog for the latest news and forecasts…

  • Joseph Gamp

    Weather to turn windy later this week

    The Met Office's long range forecast warns of "a windy start for many" from March 10 to March 19 "especially in the north and west".

    It adds: "Through the rest of the period, frontal systems push eastwards which are likely to bring strengthening winds and rain, with a chance of some snowfall.

    "The main impacts are likely to be from heavy rain and gales during this time."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Bright afternoon ahead with springtime sunshine

    It seems the UK will be treated to a taste of spring sunshine this afternoon.

    The Met Office tweeted: "A bright afternoon with some decent spells of #spring sunshine.

    "Feeling cool in the breeze, especially in the southeast where temperatures will be well below average."

  • Joseph Gamp

    UK on course for coldest March ever

    The UK is on course for the coldest March since records began, according to bookmaker Ladbrokes.

    Having been a 6/4 shot last weekend, the bookies now make it just 5/4 for this to go down as the coldest March EVER, with temperatures continuing to plummet.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "There's every chance this month breaks records on the weather front with the odds continuing to drastically tumble."

  • John Hall

    Colder air towards the end of the week

    Brian Gaze, director and forecaster for The Weather Outlook told The Sun: “Towards the end of this week colder air from the east is expected to start moving across the UK as high pressure builds to the northeast.

    “At the moment there is uncertainty about how long it will hang around for and how much temperatures will fall.

    “The coldest conditions could well be in the south and east of the UK and that is where wintry showers would be most likely.

    “However, as milder air tries to return from the southwest next week there is a chance of longer periods of snow for a time close to the boundary between the cold continental and milder Atlantic air masses."

  • John Hall

    Snow set to fall over Britain in DAYS 

    SNOW is set to fall over Britain in just DAYS after temperatures plummeted to -7C over the weekend.

    Freezing temperatures will be braced by bitter gale-force winds as the weather gears up for a battering in the next two weeks.

    The mercury dipped as low as -7.2C on Saturday in Altnaharra, northern Scotland.

    And the bone-chilling temperatures continued through the morning, with figures plunging as low as -2C in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    The chill is set to last well into the coming week, with parts of Scotland experiencing a blistering -5C tomorrow.

    From Wednesday onwards, it's set to be colder than normal with strong winds and "potential snowfall."

  • John Hall

    UK weather outlook for Tuesday and Wednesday

    Tuesday will be mainly dry with sunny spells but cloud will build across northern and western areas bringing a risk of showers. Rain for the south-west during the evening.

    It will be a mixed day on Wednesday with periods of sunshine and variable amounts of cloud. Spells of rain across the north-west

  • John Hall

    Today's weather

    Early patches of mist will soon lift and clear during the morning.

    It will then be dry during the day with the best of spells of sunshine across Scotland although cloud will break during the afternoon to reveal sunny spells across southern England.

    Elsewhere large areas of cloud will linger.

  • John Hall

    In pictures: Beachgoers brave the cold on Tynemouth Beach, North Tyneside

    Beachgoers braved the wind and rain on Tynemouth beach in North Tyneside over the weekend.

    The weather is starting to take a turn for the worse, with more cold temperatures set to hit the UK this weekend.

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  • Louis Allwood

    Colder air towards the end of the week

    Brian Gaze, director and forecaster for The Weather Outlook told The Sun: “Towards the end of this week colder air from the east is expected to start moving across the UK as high pressure builds to the northeast.

    “At the moment there is uncertainty about how long it will hang around for and how much temperatures will fall.

    “The coldest conditions could well be in the south and east of the UK and that is where wintry showers would be most likely.

    “However, as milder air tries to return from the southwest next week there is a chance of longer periods of snow for a time close to the boundary between the cold continental and milder Atlantic air masses."

  • Louis Allwood

    Snow set to fall over Britain in DAYS 

    SNOW is set to fall over Britain in just DAYS after temperatures plummeted to -7C overnight.

    Freezing temperatures will be braced by bitter gale-force winds as the weather gears up for a battering in the next two weeks.

    The mercury dipped as low as -7.2C last night in Altnaharra, northern Scotland.

    And the bone-chilling temperatures continued through the morning, with figures plunging as low as -2C in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    The chill is set to last well into the coming week, with parts of Scotland experiencing a blistering -5C on Tuesday.

    From Wednesday onwards, it's set to be colder than normal with strong winds and "potential snowfall."

  • Louis Allwood

    UK weather outlook for Tuesday and Wednesday

    Tuesday will be mainly dry with sunny spells but cloud will build across northern and western areas bringing a risk of showers. Rain for the south-west during the evening.

    It will be a mixed day on Wednesday with periods of sunshine and variable amounts of cloud. Spells of rain across the north-west.

  • Louis Allwood

    Today's forecast

    Early patches of mist will soon lift and clear during this morning.

    It will then be dry during the day with the best of spells of sunshine across Scotland although cloud will break during the afternoon to reveal sunny spells across southern England.

    Elsewhere large areas of cloud will linger.

  • Louis Allwood

    'Temperatures looking to be below normal'

    Looking into the weather for next few weeks, the Met Office said: "Sunny spells with some cloud for most at first during this period, with generally stronger winds than previous days and the ongoing risk of gales in the far west and northwest.

    "Temperatures looking to be rather below normal and perhaps feeling cooler in the wind.

    "Through the period, frontal systems push eastwards which are likely to bring strengthening winds in addition to potential snowfall.

    "The main impacts are likely to be from heavy rain and gales during this time."

  • Louis Allwood

    Temperatures to plunge this week

    The frosty temperatures and strong winds will hit before it's set to warm up for spring towards the end of March.

    Temperatures will plunge to a chilly -5C in parts of Scotland on Tuesday.

    And from Wednesday onwards, it's set to be colder than normal with strong winds and "potential snowfall."

    The main weather battering the UK in the coming two weeks will be heavy rain and gales – before it gets better for spring.

  • Louis Allwood

    Mapped: Snow to creep across the UK

    Temperatures will plunge as low as -4C on March 10.

    And the chilly snap will arrive as Storm Gladys brings frost and a “wintry blast” – just as the UK moves into spring.

    It will be the next named storm of the year, following the weather damage and disruption of Malik, Corrie, Dudley, Eunice and Franklin.

  • Louis Allwood

    What are the next storms called?

    The potential for more weather damage lingers ahead of the arrival of more named storms.

    Jim told the Express Storm Gladys and Storm Hermann won’t be too far behind their predecessors which consecutively battered Britain in one week.

    He said: “In terms of big events, as in Storm Gladys finally getting onto the stage and Storm Hermann to follow.”

    “The first half of march is sometimes on paper some of the snowiest stuff we’ve seen in any form of winter.

    “Somewhere in the early Spring, I’m pretty sure we’ll see Gladys and Hermann to follow.”

    A storm is given a name when it has the potential to cause an amber or red warning, as seen when Delta, Eunice and Franklin battered Britain.

  • Louis Allwood

    Colder conditions from Monday

    Brian Gaze, director and forecaster for The Weather Outlook told The Sun: “Towards the end of this week colder air from the east is expected to start moving across the UK as high pressure builds to the northeast.

    “At the moment there is uncertainty about how long it will hang around for and how much temperatures will fall.

    “The coldest conditions could well be in the south and east of the UK and that is where wintry showers would be most likely.

    “However, as milder air tries to return from the southwest next week there is a chance of longer periods of snow for a time close to the boundary between the cold continental and milder Atlantic air masses.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Arctic blast to will bring “20 INCHES” of snow 

    BRITS are set to be hit by an Arctic blast which will bring “20 INCHES” of snow and freezing sub-zero temperatures.

    From Monday winter conditions will return before peaking on Friday when the white stuff will coat parts of the UK.

    The Met Office has warned strong winds, frost, freezing temperatures and coastal gales are on the cards.

    Meanwhile, maps from WXCharts show that the midlands should expect an eight-inch white coat.

    And they claim Scotland will be treated to just under 20 inches of the white stuff.

    It comes as the mercury is set to plummet – with lows of around -4C on Saturday March 12.

  • Louis Allwood

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  • Louis Allwood

    Forecast for mid March

    A windy start to this period for many, especially in the north and west with some coastal gales.

    Outbreaks of rain are likely for some western areas, becoming persistent and heaviest over south facing hills; generally drier in the east with variable cloud and some sunshine, though some rain is possible here too.

    Temperatures are expected to be mostly near normal to rather mild.

    Through the rest of the period, frontal systems push eastwards which are likely to bring strengthening winds and rain, with a chance of some snowfall.

    The main impacts are likely to be from heavy rain and gales during this time. Clearer weather, with showers, may reach all areas by the end of this period.

  • Louis Allwood

    Atlantic rains try to move in this week

    High pressure building over the UK this weekend will drift eastwards over Germany and Denmark early next week, according to NetWeather.

    This will draw in a south or southeasterly breeze across the UK, it will be dry and bright or sunny on Monday, cloud thickening across the west Tuesday with a risk of showery rain by evening, eastern areas dry and sunny.

    Turning increasingly unsettled and windy but milder from mid-week, with a strengthening southerly wind and bands of showery rain trying to push eastwards across the UK, though some uncertainty how far east and how much rain will reach the east, thanks to high pressure to the east slowing the progress eastwards of fronts.

  • Louis Allwood

    Monday 4cast

    The Met Office have released tomorrow's 4cast.

    Monday will be dry with variable amounts of cloud and sunny spells.

    Breezy across southern and western areas, making it feel rather chilly.

  • Louis Allwood

    Wrap up warm if you're heading out later

    Another dry night with light winds and clear spells leading to a widespread frost in Edinburgh.

    Coldest temperatures in the Borders glens with the odd mist patch developing with minimum temperatures of -4 °C.

  • Louis Allwood

    London could hit freezing temperatures tonight

    Generally dry overnight. Rather cloudy but some clear spells developing overnight, giving a patchy frost in prone spots.

    Breezy near the south coast, easing during the night with minimum temperatures of 0 °C.

  • Louis Allwood

    Early frost will develop in the north

    The Met Office have said that there will be clear skies in the north this evening.

    However, this will lead to an early frost developing as we move in to the early hours of Monday morning.

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